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Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Lion Server Essentials by Ben Greisler, Arek Dreyer

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Addressing the Challenges of File Sharing

When planning to offer file services, there are a number of issues to consider. The obvious questions are:

• What content will you will share?

• What types of clients will be accessing your file server?

• What protocols will the client computers or devices use?

• What levels of access do your various users and groups require?

At first glance, these questions might seem relatively easy to answer, but in practice, especially in dynamic organizations, requirements can get very complex, and it can be difficult to facilitate your users’ access to the things necessary to remain productive, without constant intervention from an administrator.

When accessing a file server, a user typically has to authenticate, ...

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